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“Jeanie Hackett’s splendid production for The Antaeus company (is)…their first stab at a first season.  The intelligence of the play, the direction and the acting standards bode well…”

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Dana Green as VALERIE, Barry Creyton as HECTOR HULOT  and Alicia Wollerton as BETTE, photo by Michele K. Short

…it doesn’t get better than this!

Los Angeles Times’ “Critic’s Choice!,” Backstage “Critic’s Pick!,LA Weekly “GO!” quotes below from:

Phil Gallo Variety, Don Grigware Broadway World, Laura Hitchcock CurtainUp, Leigh Kennicott Stage Happenings, Deborah Klugman LA Weekly, Mary Mallory Tolucan Times, Dany Margolies Backstage, Stephen Leigh Morris LA Weekly, David Nichols, LA Times, K. Primeau LA Theater Review, Dale Reynolds Stage Happenings, Don Shirley LA Stage Blog, Steven Stanley Stage Scene LA

playwright…

Jeffrey Hatcher …has a field day with humor, sex and deceit… / …as apropos now as the novel was 160 years ago. / …absorbing theatrical script… / …brilliantly audacious adapation… / A surefire hit for audiences hungry for theatre with depth and eloquently executed passion. /  Brilliantly Machiavelllian…  / …succeeds to a remarkable degree… / …the juiciest, funniest, most twisted family sage since “August: Osage County.” /  …I haven’t had such fun since “Nicholas Nickleby”. / …stiletto-sharp humor. /  …a salient reminder of what cruelly, indifference and injustice can do to the human spirit. / …more riveting than…anything else you’re likely to see this year.

design…

SETS Tom Buderwitz Students of theater design could get no better lesson than by simply observing Buderwitz‘s ingenuity… / …beautifully versatile period set.  / …a marvel of period authenticity and stage-economy / …simple yet baroque… /  …richly detailed but spare…
COSTUMES A. Jeffrey Schoenberg Schoenberg’s 1830’s costumes are perfection. / …period-perfect with fine delineation of the character’s social ranking. / …conveys all the richness of the period. / …gorgeously crafted…
LIGHTS Leigh Allen…superb… / …evocative…
SOUND Cricket S. Myers …masterful… / …flawlessly selected… / …extraordinary use of the music of Chopin… / …memorable…

direction…

Jeanie Hackett fluidly steers the fluctuating morality, corruption and passion… / …precise and brilliant… / …lines and scenes gracefully crescendo into visceral explosions of emotion and humor.  / The production flows with excellent timing and energy. / …economically ingenious staging.  / …Hackett briskly moves the action and the three hours have no lulls. / …she gives us scenes that wrench our hearts, bits of business that make us giggle, and whirls of activity that keep our minds fully alert.

This is one magnificent bunch of actors… / …top-notch… / …a highly-trained company and pitch-perfect production design… /  …a dazzling and thoughtful production…  /  A hugely talented company of terrific players who produce some of L.A.’s more important classical theatre offerings. / This is one trek through a classic that is genuinely and unexpectedly deserving of it. / The three hours of this saga seem like one hour and would be well-worth revisiting…to observe the alternate cast. / To see both casts perform is to realize the promise of theatrical works as opposed to the insistence of competing media. / This is richly entertaining classical theatre at its best.  Bravo, bravo, bravo to the Antaeus Company.

www.antaeus.org or 818-506-1983 for reservations -March 11-14 is already sold out!

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